FORMER pupils of Stroud High School held a reunion on Saturday night and raised more than £350 for charity in the process.
The event was held for the girls who left the school in 1986 and they raised £182 each for the mental health charity MIND and Meningitis UK.
The event took place on Saturday, February 29 with some of the ex-pupils not having seen each other since their last day of school over 30 years ago.
Ex-pupils from different locations around the world, including those who still live in Stroud and Gloucestershire all attended the event.
The reunion took place at Chalford Sports and Social Club and Amanda, one of the organisers of the event and former pupils at the high school, said it was a fantastic night.
“It was an amazing success with over 50 ex-Stroud High School girls making the effort to attend, putting aside nerves and braving any apprehension to walk through the door to be met by laughter, smiles and continual chat.
“I would like to thank everyone who made the effort to travel from far and wide.
“We had girls make the journey from France, Scotland, Cornwall, Devon and other parts of the British Isles including one who flew in from New York.
“There were blank faces until we read the name labels and suddenly hugs, smiles and memories recounted with chat and laughter.
“People exchanged numbers and promised to keep in touch.”
“I would like to thank everyone who came and made it such a memorable evening, Chalford sports and Social Club for an amazing venue, Fat Toni’s Pizzeria for the amazing food and to top it all we raised £182.50 for MIND and £182.50 for Meningitis UK.”
On the reasons for raising money for the two chosen charities, Amanda said: “The reason we chose Meningitis UK was because one of the girls had meningitis in school and became profoundly deaf and she has worked for them since leaving school.
“We also chose MIND because it was the chosen charity of the group.”